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NYU Metro Center is guided by an executive director, a team of deputy executive directors, center and project directors, professional staff, and is supported by graduate students and consultants.

At A Glance


  • Female 78%
  • Male 20%
  • Non-Binary 2%


  • Black: 28%
  • White: 30%
  • Latinx: 26%
  • Asian:15%
  • Other: 2%

Education Level

  • Doctorate: 20%
  • Master's Degree: 41%
  • Bachelor's Degree: 22%
  • Other: 17%


David Kirkland

Executive Director of NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools; Associate Professor of English and Urban Education

Richard Gray

Director of the Center for Community Organizing & Engagement


Rachael "Keno" Moore

Space, Operations, and Facilities Administrator


Elizabeth Kalu

Communications Coordinator


Silvia Taylor

Senior Grants Manager-Post Award

Center, Program, and Project Leadership

Joshua Aronson

Associate Professor of Applied Psychology

Maurice Blackmon

Director, Center for Strategic Solutions

Joanna Geller

Director of Policy, Research, and Evaluation

Matt Gonzales

Director, Integration and Innovation Initiative (i3)

Elise Harris

Assistant Director of Evaluation

Leah Q. Peoples

Assistant Director of Research-to-Practice Partnerships & Community Research

Marlene Roy

Project Lead, Metro Learning Communities

Patricia Ryan-Canedo

Director, 1199 Workforce 2000

Niobe Way

Professor of Applied Psychology

Ron Woo

Executive Director, Language RBERN

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